Artemisia absinthium (Wormwood)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

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GENERIC NAME: Artemisia absinthium

BRAND NAME: Wormwood

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Artemisia absinthium is shrubby plant; the flowers and leaves are used for medicine and flavoring for alcoholic drinks. Artemisia absinthium oil contains thujones which can stimulate the nervous system. Artemisia absinthium is promoted for treating digestive problems and worm infections. Individuals should consult their doctor before taking Artemisia absinthium compounds.

PRESCRIPTION: No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Artemisia absinthium is available in liquid extract, oil, and powder forms. Artemisia absinthium is also available in certain alcoholic beverages. Concentration of Artemisia absinthium may vary from product-to-product due to multiple manufacturers producing various products.

STORAGE: Due to multiple manufacturers making different forms of Artemisia absinthium, storage requirements may vary based on individual manufacturer practices.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Artemisia absinthium is commonly used for loss of appetite and indigestion. Artemisia absinthium is also used to improve sexual desire, fever, and liver disease. Artemisia absinthium is topically used for wound and insect bites.

DOSING: Dosing of Artemisia absinthium is not established; however, oral consumption should be in appropriate amount to avoid harmful adverse effects.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Artemisia absinthium should be used with caution with individuals suffering from seizures or taking seizure medications like phenobarbital, valproic acid (Depakene), primidone (Mysoline), gabapentin (Neurontin), carbamazepine (Tegretol), and phenytoin (Dilantin). Artemisia absinthium can cause seizures and lower the effectiveness of seizure medications.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/24/2014

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